Pyro Shows and Henley Bridge make for a big Boomsday

Pyro Shows is setting up the Henley Bridge in preparation for Boomsday.

It's been just over a month since Knoxville gathered downtown to celebrate the 4th of July. Now with Labor Day on the horizon, East Tennessee is gearing up for an encore of epic proportions with Boomsday.

Pyro Shows produces hundreds of fireworks displays across the country each year. With Boomsday, they are treated to a unique setting on Henley Bridge.

Jim Edwards with Pyro Shows loves having the bridge at his disposal.

"We're able to shoot a lot of low level effects. The audience can see everything from the ground up so that makes a big difference. We can be so much more creative with the devices we use, the number of devices instead of just aerial shells. It makes a much better show. obviously the waterfall of of the side of the bridge, that just can't be done anywhere," he said.

Using the bridge also allows for a little more elbow room. Instead of being bunched up, between 4 and 5 tons of fireworks will be spread across roughly 900 feet. The large stage makes it hard for spectators to find a bad seat. It's a different story for Jim Edwards and the crew.

"We'll have a bunker in the center of the bridge so there's stuff going off on both sides of us. We work on this show for a year and I do a lot of the choreography and the fusing and stuff and don't see a piece of it. We get to watch it on film," he said.

Thankfully for most spectators the view is just fine. Boomsday will take place from the Henley Bridge Saturday night.


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